Pipeline Explosion Claims 2 Lives, Destroys 30 Vehicles
News reaching us says that pipeline explosion has claimed two lives and gutted 30 vehicles in the Ijegu area of Lagos State, Nigeria.
Emergency operatives confirm the explosion went off when security officials intercepted pipeline vandals in the act.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said, “On arrival of the LRT at the scene of the incident, it was gathered that some vandals were engaged in illegal bunkering activities at fire junction, Ijegun, within the vicinity where NNPC pipelines are buried.
"The vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000 litres tanker while a second tanker of the same capacity was being loaded when security agencies suddenly intercepted them.
“While trying to escape, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilled fuel on fire in a bid to deter the security agencies from apprehending them.
“The fire eventually returned to the pipeline point where the vandals siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led to two fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt."
The spokesperson for NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said the safety of firefighters needed to be assured before the fire would be put off.
In as much as lives and property of the people are not threatened, the fire will be put off as soon as the safety of the fire officers are also assured.”
Responders at the scene included men of the Lagos State Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Police.